Cooking with friends

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I had a plan that I was going write this post more than two weeks ago, and I was going to start by telling you that ‘Everything is on the brink of change, here in the Orange Kitchen’. But then life got in the way, and I didn’t write the post, and now here we are, no longer on the brink, but rather right in the midst, of change.

The boys at work!

The boys at work!

And change it most certainly is – I have left behind both my new home in Boston and my life as a lady of leisure, for a little while at least. I have been given the chance to spend the summer at Tanglewood music festival, as part of the team which organises the festival. It’s an amazing chance for me to see how another major classical music festival is run, and I am so excited to be part of it.

Laura cooking with her sister Becca

Laura cooking with her sister Becca

The festival is based in Western Mass, so I’ve moved out to the beautiful town of Lenox for the next nine weeks or so – leaving Noel to fend for himself in the meantime! I was totally unfamiliar with the Berkshires, as the area around Lenox is known, and it is really a joy to get to know it. It is beautiful like you wouldn’t believe – and, while sleepier than Boston, it has plenty to keep me occupied.

The boys preparing Kale chips

The boys preparing Kale chips

This post was also not going to be about cooking with friends. It was going to be a recipe for Spaghetti with Avocado Pesto, which is delicious, and perfect for the warm weather we’re having these days (ahem, and the rain…). But, truth be told, I haven’t had a lot of cooking time recently – I’m working full time, and I’m living on my own, so I’ve been resorting to old faithful standbys.

Dave making his awesome burgers

Dave making his awesome burgers

This weekend, I went down to Connecticut, to my ‘American family’s’ house – the same people we spent Thanksgiving, Christmas and Boxing Day with, and who have very kindly adopted us poor ‘orphans’! We were celebrating my friends Laura & Dave’s wedding in May with a lovely weekend in the garden. We tie-dyed shirts, we drank, we lounged, we played with the dogs, we flew kites – and we cooked together. It was such fun – we made a selection of salads and things for the grill, but really it was all about being in the kitchen together.

Becca & Noel hard at work

Becca & Noel hard at work

I love to cook any which way that comes along – but there is something truly wonderful about doing so with the people most important to you.

A few of the weekend's other activities - kite-flying

A few of the weekend’s other activities – kite-flying

Tie-dying

Tie-dying

Chilling with the dogs!

Chilling with the dogs!